Luogo - Museum

Pinacoteca Nazionale

Where Piazza Arsenale, 1, Cagliari

National Gallery of Cagliari is placed within the Cittadella dei Musei in a valuable building planned in the second half of the 20th century in the area of the Regio Arsenale, in the ancient quarter of Castello. At the end of the 19th century, the Pinacoteca Nazionale was in the Palazzo delle Seziate in piazza Indipendenza, then it was closed to the public in the mid-70s and finally in 1992 it was moved to its final location in a building (planned by the architect Piero Gazzola) which englobes part of the Spanish sixteenth- century wall, in a connection between the ancient and the modern. From here, on the top of the Cittadella, you enjoy a beautiful view on the city of Cagliari. The core of the collection consists of a selection of works (panel paintings and paintings on canvas) dating from the 14th to the 20th century, gathered from the second half of the nineteenth century when the ecclesiastic bodies were suppressed and the government acquired their estate. An important ethnographic collection- textiles, jewellery, Sardinian furniture (18th- 19th century)- and a number of arms and Mediaeval and modern ceramics by Sardinian, Pisan, Ligurian or Valencian craftsman, were added during the first decades of the 20th century through purchase or private donation. There is also an interesting collection of gravestones and local coats of arms (13th- 17th century) and a collection of sculptures made of different materials (12th- 19th century). The exhibition is on three levels: in the upper floor are the most ancient paintings, in the middle floor the Baroque paintings and in the ground floor 19th- century and 20th- century portraits and landscapes. Other collections are periodically exhibited.

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